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About JoshEE

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    Track Addict
  • Birthday 08/29/1984

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    Austin, TX
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    2001 Miata
  1. MSRH has a giant paddock area that's not visible in that image above, it's circled in red below. It's typically pretty empty for TDE weekends. I actually like parking over there along with a few buddies as you I like to have my truck/trailer/car all in the same spot and this lets me do that without taking up prime space others could be using. If you want to be social or think you'll be back and forth to the front area a lot a bike or something isn't a bad idea, it's a bit of a trek in the summer heat.
  2. Welcome back (soon) to Miata paradise! Yours are the same reasons (including consumable cost) I sold my c5z and got into a Miata. Good luck on the hunt for a car, Cabowabo's setup looks pretty awesome. Saw this pop up on MT the other day: https://www.miataturbo.net/cars-sale-trade-6/95-miata-seattle-xida-blackbird-fabworx-flyin-miata-etc-101021/
  3. I was hoping you'd reply 😁, I've followed both your swap threads and having direct experience with both companies gives you great insight here. My comment on the Ecotec swap being well proven was from seeing a number of endurance racing teams running this swap as well as a few guys at Harris Hill that seem to have had success with the swap. I completely agree with your comments on the lead time and communication with EcotecMiata, I had issues there as well but fortunately have all the parts in hand at this point. It looks like this new kit includes quite a bit of the stuff you listed as still being needed to be provided, including the Kmiata flyhweel, adapter plate, engine mounts, intake manifold, downpipe, oil pan, timing cover, coolant adapter block. I'm trying to figure out what all parts specific to this swap would be needed including this kit, sounds like engine management, oil pump, crank sensor, engine/accessories, hoses and misc parts like that. I'm not including stuff that's common to either swap like clutch, fuel system, etc... Based on some quick numbers with what I've got into the Ecotec swap so far it seems like the K24Z3 swap will still be significantly more expensive, somewhere around $2-3k more. Based on your experience with both swaps, and that this new K swap allows you to keep the stock subframe to stay eligible for ST4, if you were to start over again which would you personally choose?
  4. Interesting new swap option: https://kmiata.com/blogs/news/game-changer-the-new-k24z3-swap-is-here I've gathered all the parts for an Ecotec swap from EcotecMiata, and I think I'll stay the course since everything is currently in my garage and it seems be a pretty well proven swap at this point, but this seems like a pretty interesting option. I'm curious to hear what others think?
  5. I've owned both a C5 Z06 and a C6 Z51. If I could have one back it'd be the C5. I'd say if it'll be a track toy that you'll drive on the street only occasionally, go C5 Z06 all the way. If you'll be doing trips or DD'ing it, C6. Either way you'll need better seats (or at a minimum these) for sure in addition to the normal track prep stuff. Based on a buddy's recent experience prepping a C5 Z06 to be track ready (granted he did go a little extreme) I'd recommend trying to find one that's already prepped to some extent. The cost to get one setup right can add up pretty fast. As others have stated consumables can be expensive, which is why I now own a miata, but they are a ton of fun. Good luck with your search!
  6. My buddy bought it after i sent him the link, I can't wait to mooch off him
  7. I'm only towing a miata on an open trailer and any of the 1/2 ton V8 trucks will do that with ease, my friend with a vette borrowed my setup and said it towed like there was nothing behind it. I personally went with the most space and capacity for the cheapest price and ended up with a gas Titan XD base model and have been very happy with it. It's surprisingly well equipped, better than the big 3 work trucks, and the non-carpet floor has grown on me so that I actually prefer it in a truck. They have pretty insane discounts from time to time and a 5 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty. I love the piece of mind of being able to get home no matter what, and it's comfy to drive in general. The only thing I dislike about DD it is the size when parking in smaller lots/spaces, there are some places I just can't realistically take it, but that comes up once a month maybe since my wife and I have the ability to use her car. If you keep an eye on cars.com or autotrader and are patient you can easily find a new 1/2 ton V8 for well under 30k, I see XD's around 25-26k regularly. Doing it again I'd get an extended cab instead of the crew cab, modern extended cabs have tons of room, and pass on the ranch hand bumper to buy myself another foot of space back.
  8. JoshEE

    Goals for 2018

    Interior gutted, XIDA's, RC1's, poly bushings, and halo seat installed. Bought and sold an MS since the car is running nicely now and requires minimal maintenance. I'm going to stop upgrading and just enjoy it for a hwile. 7/10 for events, but ran H2R, eagles canyon, and Cresson 1.7 CW for the first time Made it to Red and HPDE4 Only at 1:55.5 at MSRH CCW, wasn't able to make it to that track as much as I would've liked. Lot's of room to improve. Wasn't able to check out the NASA COTA event bc of other obligations I was previously planning on jumping into TT in 2019, but with a baby on the way and moving into a new house looking likely in the next couple of months, that'll be on pause for at least a year. I think 2019's goals will be to join H2R and get out there as time allows, maybe shoot for 1-2 other HPDE events and spectate some stuff.
  9. Does noon out at COTA (or somewhere close to there) work for you? I need to be out in Dripping Springs at 1.
  10. Staying in the Austin area, will probably end up in Dripping Springs. Would like to have a couple of acres so I can build a shop and not have to see my neighbors Sorry for some reason I didn't get notifications on the replies, I need to update my settings. I can also deliver in the Austin area, and if you know you want it can hold onto it for you until you figure out a plan, I'm in no rush.
  11. Wideband is sold, asking $800 for TJ'ers for the MS PnP + Singular mounting bracket.
  12. Just let me know what you guys want to do. I'll be out of town for Christmas until Thursday Dec 26 so no rush.
  13. I'd prefer to try to keep them together unless I can't get any takers on the whole package. Added a pic to the initial post.
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